Sunday, July 19, 2015

Book Spotlight for Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn (Review)

Readers who enjoy sexy heroes who are bruised inside and out will be drawn to Mateo in Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn.  Add in a spunky heroine who's also judged on her looks and you end up with a steamy and angsty read featuring reunited loves.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this third installment in the Sweet Salvation Brewery series, along with my impressions of it, and then add it to your bookshelf for the special sale price of $0.99 for a limited time.

What fun is life without a little bit of trouble?
Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia Sweet is nothing but trouble. The youngest Sweet triplet is back in her hometown, but instead of a triumphant return it’s a parade of humiliations. She’s broke, homeless and dealing with the fallout from her scumbag ex-boyfriend publishing naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website.
Staid and stalwart veteran Mateo Garcia has seen more trouble than a man ever should in his lifetime. He’s gone from pretty boy Marine to a small town police chief with a chip on his shoulder and scars covering the left side of his face. Now his former lover, Olivia, is back in town and living next door.
When the two are forced to work together to fix up the crumbling veterans’ center, the sparks fly between the beauty and the man who sees himself as a beast. Not everyone is happy that Olivia is back home though and Mateo has to choose between the town who wants her gone and an uncertain future with a woman who he thinks could never love him…



The Sweet family were always looked down upon for their crazy antics and outspoken ways.  The current generation of triplets were equally scorned but have slowly reintegrated themselves into the town that once despised them...all except supermodel Olivia.  Olivia was considered a walking disaster known more for her body than for her brains.  Leaving town allowed her to make something of herself but the town still has a grudge.  After losing her job because of her scumbag ex-boyfriend, and losing her money because of his gambling addiction, she's come crawling home looking for redemption.  What she finds though is the only man she ever loved, who turned her away when she wanted more.  He's a changed man with scars both inside and out, but she's still drawn to him and as everything starts to once again crumble around her she'll need him more than ever.  Olivia's an immensely likable woman who longs to prove she's more than what others see.  She wants to do something meaningful in life that will make the community see their family name in a positive light.  She's strong-willed and gives as good as she gets when it comes to harsh words spoken to her.

Those harsh words have mostly been coming from her former love Mateo.  They were once friends with very erotic benefits but he turned her away when she offered more.  He was once a sexy and cocky Marine who had women falling at his feet, but a misjudgment led to severe scarring to his face and even deeper emotional wounds.  He hates himself for being the only survivor of his one bad decision and just wants to be alone.  He's angry all the time but once Olivia comes to town, and he becomes the unwilling owner of a loyal and mangy dog, his wall of anger and rudeness starts to crumble.  Though she's a sexual temptation he doesn't think himself worthy of her.  He sees himself as the proverbial "Beast" and fights their crackling connection every step of the way. When Olivia needs him most, and with her slipping away from him permanently, he'll have to make a big overture to prove his love and finally make himself feel worthy.  I felt sympathetic for all that Mateo went through.  His survivor's guilt was eating away at him through flashbacks and self-loathing and I just wanted to hug him.  He was once so self-assured but there's now a hesitancy to him. With Olivia though that brashness returns and she's truly good for him which had me rooting for them every step of the way.  Seeing him rise up from his grief into a confident man once again put a smile on my face.

This was a sexy story from start to finish with numerous erotic encounters.  Olivia and Mateo's relationship may have started out as just sex but ultimately evolved into something deeper.  It's only with one another that their true selves are seen as they never judged one another on their looks or how others perceived them.  Their connection crackled and teemed with sexual tension.  Their banter was witty and I enjoyed their fiery dialogue.  The secondary characters were equally colorful, and with her sisters especially, I'm left wanting to read the previous installments in this series.  The only issue I had with the story was the appearance of her ex and the machinations of the mayor.  Both of these characters were over the top in their words and deeds with their actions feeling manipulative to the storyline. This small quibble though didn't really mar my enjoyment as the stars of this book, Olivia and Mateo, had me captivated from the first page to the last.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinions.


Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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